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Collage 101

Working at a place called Collage, you'd think I was a pro-collager. However, prior to taking Basic Collage from Suki (my manager and teacher extraordinaire!), my only experience had been with elmers, wrinkles, and the collage failing. The idea is simple enough, but knowing a bit about the types of glues and materials makes a huge difference in the result! 

Here's the biggest tips I learned for Suki's collage class: 

  • Use PVA glue, it doesn't wrinkle, it's archival (lasts 100+ years), dries quickly, and is perfect for all paper to paper crafting. 
  • You want to glue your collage to something strong and firm. Hardboard panel works really well and it's very reasonable priced. This way your collage won't bend or curl up. 
  • Gluing a background paper, allow to dry, then cut with an exacto knife to get the perfect edge! 
  • Plan out the whole collage before committing and gluing anything down. 
  • Use a paint brush to glue the paper, then apply paper to surface.
  • Allow 24 to dry before sealing it.
  • Seal the collage with a varnish, Golden works really well. 
  • If you plan on framing your collage, you don't need to seal it.  

I enjoyed making this one so much, Chris and I got crafty! I've been saving up some 50s-60s magazines. We spent a few hours pouring over this magazines and "oohing and awwing" over so much great furniture, cars, and fun advertisements. We cut lots and have only just begun some fun collages. This was really fun to enjoy doing a craft together! As you can imagine, this doesn't happen very often!

I'm loving these little pieces! We are going to make more, some to keep and some to sell at our booth. What do you think? 

Have you tried collage? If you have any questions about the process, let me know! I'd be happy to help you out! :) 

Happy Collaging! 

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